Hello and welcome to my moth Blog. I now reside in a small village in East Cambridgeshire called Fordham. My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
Moth records are vital for building a picture of our ecosystem around us, as they really are the bottom of the food chain. They are an excellent early indicator of how healthy a habitat is. I openly encourage people to share their findings via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world. The reason I do it....you just never know what you might find when you open up that trap! I hope to show what different species inhabit Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden and also enjoy doing field trips to various localities over several different counties.
Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.
Thanks for looking and happy Mothing!


NFY = New Species For The Year
NFG = New Species For The Garden
NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Wednesday 31 May 2023

Latest from the garden moth trap

As I mentioned in my previous post, a slight improvement in species and numbers last night.
Even better still was that there were 3 mint new for year species to oggle at, the winner was clearly the stunning Netted Pug, my third garden record so far.
A rather large male Treble-bar took second spot, abdomen tip checked to confirm that it wasn't a Lesser Treble-bar. 
3rd place but certainly not 'last but least' was a rather fresh Shears, only the third for here with a record from last May and then again a rare second brood individual in October! last year certainly was a bonkers year breaking all sorts of trends and norms.
More breezy cool nights coming up, yay!
Moth garden list for 2023 stands at 170 species

30/05/23 - Back Garden - Fordham - East Cambridgeshire - Actinic Trap

Macro Moths

Netted Pug 1 [NFY]
Shears 1 [NFY]  
Treble-bar 1 [NFY]
Common Swift 2
Heart & Dart 1
Marbled Minor sp 1
Mottled Pug 1
Toadflax Brocade 1
Treble Lines 1
Turnip Moth 3
Micro Moths
Tinea trinotella 1
Netted Pug




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